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Three-peat: Minnesota wins third straight National Duals title, beating Cornell

Top-seeded Minnesota won its third consecutive National Duals title in Columbus Monday
Top-seeded Minnesota won its third consecutive National Duals title in Columbus Monday
University of Minnesota

In a battle of the two top seeds, University of Minnesota wrestling claimed its third consecutive 2014 Division I National Duals crown, defeating Cornell University, 24-15 in the finals at Ohio State’s St. John Arena in Columbus Monday.

The Golden Gophers also won the National Duals titles in 2012 and 2013.

Top-seeded Minnesota won six of ten matches, with four of those victories resulting in bonus points. Gophers David Thorn, Chris Dardanes, and Scott Schiller earned major decision wins at 133, 141, and 197 pounds, respectively… while Dylan Ness pinned Brian Realbuto in their 157-pound bout.

In assessing his squad's performance, Minnesota head coach J Robinson said, "I thought they wrestled really well. They had great intensity. They were trying to get bonus points, and they were really focused."

Second-seeded Cornell could claim a couple high points. At 165, Dylan Palacio pinned Danny Zilverberg in overtime. The match was tied 4-4 at the end of regulation. In the sudden victory period, the Big Red wrestler took Zilverberg to his back, and put his shoulders to the mat at 7:43. At heavyweight, Jacob Aiken-Phillips edged Michael Kroells, stepping in for two-time NCAA champ Tony Nelson, who, according to coach J Robinson, "was a little banged up."

Conversely, a low point for Cornell was Chris Villalonga being charged with a stalling point in overtime, breaking the tie, and giving the 149-pound match to Nick Dardanes.

In the battle for third place No. 4 seed Ohio State defeated third-seeded Oklahoma, 23-16, at the event officially named the “EAS Sports Nutrition NWCA National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps in honor of Cliff Keen” -- and unofficially as Mat Mayhem.

Match Results – First Place (Minnesota vs. Cornell)

  • 125: No. 1 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. Sam Brancale (Minnesota), 12-5
  • 133: No. 8 David Thorn (Minnesota) maj. dec. No. 15 Mark Grey (Cornell), 11-3
  • 141: No. 5 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) maj. dec. Logan David (Cornell), 16-6
  • 149: No. 3 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) dec. No. 6 Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 5-4 SV2
  • 157: No. 5 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) pinned No. 10 Brian Realbuto (Cornell), 1:13
  • 165: No. 14 Dylan Palacio (Cornell) pinned Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota), 7:43
  • 174: No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) dec. Craig Eifert (Cornell), 8-2
  • 184: No. 3 Gabe Dean (Cornell) dec. No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), 3-2 TB
  • 197: No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) maj. dec. Jace Bennett (Cornell), 11-1
  • Hwt: Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell) dec. Michael Kroells (Minnesota), 7-6

Match Results – Third Place (Ohio State vs. Oklahoma)

  • 125: Nick Roberts (Ohio State) pinned Sean Williams (Oklahoma), 4:17
  • 133: No. 9 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) dec. No. 7 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma), 6-3
  • 141: No. 3 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) tech. fall Nick Lester (Oklahoma), 18-3
  • 149: No. 2 Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) maj. dec. No. 20 Ian Paddock (Ohio State), 13-3
  • 157: Randy Languis (Ohio State) dec. Dryden Dennis (Oklahoma), 6-1
  • 165: Clark Glass (Oklahoma) dec. Joe Grandominico (Ohio State), 6-1
  • 174: No. 13 Mark Martin (Ohio State) dec. Derek Geiges (Oklahoma), 3-0
  • 184: No. 1 Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) maj. dec. Josh Fox (Ohio State), 22-8
  • 197: No. 8 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) dec. No. 5 Travis Rutt (Oklahoma), 6-3
  • Hwt: Zach Merrill (Oklahoma) tech. fall Kosta Karageorge (Ohio State), 15-0

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